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flat belt driven water pump

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07-03-2009 10:47:36

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when I was a kid in the 1950s, Grandpa had a water pump that irrigated the fields with big aluminum pipes.
I didnt pay attention to the pump, but I do have his 1940 Farmall Model H with the flat belt pulley and I have a creek...
Where do i look for a flat belt driven water pump?

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Bud Sather in MT

07-05-2009 07:53:08

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 Re: flat belt driven water pump in reply to bgarrett, 07-03-2009 10:47:36  
When I was a kid dad pumped water from a dam with a pump that was power with a flat belt. As far as the flat belt that was not the problem. Our issue was trying to get the pumped primed. We made lots of trips from the dam to the shop to modify the sucker line, 6 inch pipe, steel,and to get the homemade check valve to hold water. Once it was primed that pump put out the water. The pump was mounted on a frame work of some sorts I don't really remember what but we used a high lift jack from the frame the pump to the front axle of the john deere R as a tensioner. If it were me today I would look for a pto powered crusiful(spelling might not be right) pump. Those pumps pump waterand they are easy to prime. Bud

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Shetland Sheepdog

07-03-2009 17:21:20

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 Re: flat belt driven water pump in reply to freedom hill, 07-03-2009 10:47:36  
IF you are gonna go to a "modern" pump, forget the flat belt! Most modern pumps are PTO driven in this day and age! I bet your H has a PTO! I would almost suspect that the pump that you remember had its own engine. My first experience with irrigation pumps was back in the '50's with an "Ireco" system. One pump had a 5 inch suction and discharge and was powered with a V4 Wisconsin. Another had 4 inch in & out and was powered with a 2 cyl Wisconsin. Yet another had a Lycoming engine. I can picture all kinds of issues trying to run an irrigation pump with a flat belt, the first, trying to get the belt tight without tipping the pump over. JMHO, HTH

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07-03-2009 12:01:26

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 Re: flat belt driven water pump in reply to bgarrett, 07-03-2009 10:47:36  
probally easier to find a modern pump and adapt a flat pulley to it...mite not be "correct" but with the price of fuel these days,you want something that'll move some water.

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